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gotta believe(13 posts)

gotta believerenew
Oct 4, 2001 9:42 PM
Not a real bike post but a bike is part of the solution. I have made many wrong choices in my life. Over 50 and have begun to think that the best was past. Took a 30 mile ride, on a new bike, with some hills that my fat and lazy ass thought might of been past my ability and desire this late in the year.

Met a women this past week, someone who has swept me off my feet and I did not know how to share one of those past wrong choices. In my heart, I knew what to do. Yet I must say it took the cleansing that ride gave me. And some other things that gave me the wisdom to do the right thing. With all of my doubts and fears the choice I made was the right choice.

Sorry for the none bike post, but as a life long cyclist it's as Lance said, it's (not always) about the bike. Sometimes it's about what the bike can do for the person. This ride, on this bike, will be forever remembered. No matter the final outcome!
re: it's why I ride...Akirasho
Oct 5, 2001 3:57 AM
That we will make mistakes is a given... that we recognize them, learn from them and try not to make them again is the task of life... Oftimes, the key to a thing is in the doing (Zen)... what matters is that you endeavour... and it's nice to have the bike (or whatever path you take) to bring it to fruition.

Good luck in your endeavours...

Be the bike.

We abide.

Remain In Light.
re: gotta believekoala
Oct 5, 2001 4:34 AM
Everyone makes mistakes-its what you do after them that counts. In the words of Churchill never ever ever give up. The bike has been so much more than going fast for me. Stay on the bike and on the right path.
Clarity......Len J
Oct 5, 2001 4:39 AM
comes for me when my mind is clear of other distractions, and I let go of my fears. A demanding physical task, that involves lots of repitition, like riding, does two things for me. It exausts me enough to break down my mental defenses & it stills all the noise in my head. Usually the right path becomes clear for me. Whenever I have something big to decide, I always take a long ride. Sounds like it worked for you. Congratulations.

Without risk there is no pain
without pain there is no growth
without growth there is no life
therefor what is risk?

It's not about the bike, but the ride [nm]davidl
Oct 5, 2001 4:56 AM
Clarity....(i was going to say the same, then read your post)Js Haiku Shop
Oct 5, 2001 5:06 AM
whether riding, running, stairstepper, gym work, circuit training, or even moving (residence, which i've done a bunch of recently), the repetitive, non-intellectual-yet-physically-demanding work that i'm thrust upon requires a clear mind to complete, yet only on the most base level. no higher thougts are required. when i'm done, and recovering, things seem so much simpler and more clear.

good luck. keep riding and don't underestimate yourself. i lived with that (self-inflicted) curse from november 1971 to april 2001.
It was the only thing that could help me on Sept 11 (nm)Chris Zeller
Oct 5, 2001 6:53 AM
Ditto - it saved my sanity. (nm)Roxy
Oct 5, 2001 7:22 AM
Oct 5, 2001 7:21 AM
One thing I've realized recently, maybe obvious to many, is that those things in life that give you the greatest pleasure also give you the greatest pain - family, cycling, jobs. Maybe humans are strange, in a way, in that they must experience some anguish, let's call it "challenge," to be happy and see things more clearly.

Ride=ChangeRich Clark
Oct 5, 2001 7:38 AM
I understand now that there is no destination that can truly be reached, and the journey is everything.

A bike ride is a process. It's a real, tangible metaphor for the process of change, a metaphor you can feel in your muscles and wipe from your forehead.

"It's not about the bike," perhaps, but for some of us it's about that committment to change the bike not only symbolizes, but enables.

That's why the next ride is always the most important one.

RichC a verbharlett
Oct 5, 2001 10:07 AM
you see, the past is the past
and the future is yet to come.
this means the future is in your hands-
the future entirely depends on the present.
that realization gives you a great responsibility.

dalia lama
re: gotta believetotrod
Oct 5, 2001 3:51 PM
Interesting that Sept 11 was mentioned here. Now that a little time has gone by, I have begun to look back at that day as two events. First, of course, there was the tragedy in the morning. But I also remember very clearly the feeling of recovery that began while I rode my bike that afternoon. Seeing the Olympic mountains, Puget Sound, etc. from my bike put it all back into perspective. Bad things do happen, but other things are more constant and abiding. The bike ride restored my own personal freedom that day.

Ride on!

had similar experience thenStarliner
Oct 6, 2001 12:06 AM
I also had to get away from the maddening crowd and reground myself after the shock of the tragedy and the relentless coverage by the media. I went for a ride in the country, but this time I took it a bit slower and spent more time looking and appreciating the world around me. It was such a calming, cleansing experience. When I returned, the world didn't seem like such a bad place after all.